UK Weekend Box-Office (Sept 2nd – Sept 4th)

It took the combined efforts of Seth Rogan and Noel Clarke, but ‘Finding Dory‘ was finally dethroned at the box-office. Meanwhile, Woody Allen had a solid opening with ‘Cafe Society‘ and the holdovers held strong (except for David Brent). All this and more happened last weekend at the U.K. Box-Office.


#1
4-sausage-partySausage Party (15)
Weekend Gross: £2,339,186
No. of Movie Theatres: 580
Per-Theatre Average: £4,033
Week of Release: 1st
Total U.K. Gross: £2,339,186

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#2
brotherhoodBrotherhood (15)
Weekend Gross: £1,979,309
No. of Movie Theatres: 220
Per-Theatre Average: £8,997
Week of Release: 1st
Total U.K. Gross: £1,979,309

 

 

 

 


#3
10 - Finding DoryFinding Dory (U)
Weekend Gross: £1,497,120
No. of Movie Theatres: 589
Per-Theatre Average: £2,581
Week of Release: 6th
Total U.K. Gross: £38,642,514

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#4
12 - Bad MomsBad Moms (15)
Weekend Gross: £1,159,672
No. of Movie Theatres: 479
Per-Theatre Average: £2,421
Week of Release: 2nd
Total U.K. Gross: £3,967,600

 

 

 

 


#5
1 - Suicide SquadSuicide Squad (15)
Weekend Gross: £784,618
No. of Movie Theatres: 454
Per-Theatre Average: £1,728
Week of Release: 5th
Total U.K. Gross: £32,460,925

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#6
16 - War DogsWar Dogs (15)
Weekend Gross: £703,362
No. of Movie Theatres: 489
Per-Theatre Average: £1,438
Week of Release: 2nd
Total U.K. Gross: £2,557,681

 

 

 

 


#7
8 - The BFGThe BFG (PG)
Weekend Gross: £689,692
No. of Movie Theatres: 510
Per-Theatre Average: £1,352
Week of Release: 7th
Total U.K. Gross: £28,237,968

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#8
11 - Jason BourneJason Bourne (12A)
Weekend Gross: £531,570
No. of Movie Theatres: 349
Per-Theatre Average: £1,523
Week of Release: 6th
Total U.K. Gross: £22,029,499

 

 

 

 


#9
2-cafe-societyCafe Society (12A)
Weekend Gross: £494,457
No. of Movie Theatres: 186
Per-Theatre Average: £2,658
Week of Release: 1st
Total U.K. Gross: £494,457

 

 

 

 


#10
4 - Pete's DragonPete’s Dragon (PG)
Weekend Gross: £466,707
No. of Movie Theatres: 503
Per-Theatre Average: £928
Week of Release: 4th
Total U.K. Gross: £4,248,938

 

 

 

 


Finding Dory‘ has had a great run at the top of the box-office but the shock-value and the concept for Sony’s ‘Sausage Party‘ was able to best the box-office this weekend. This is normally the part when I’d compare the opening of ‘Sausage Party‘ to other similar films but in the adult-animated stoner-comedy genre we really don’t have any precedence here in the U.K. There was ‘South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut‘ in 1999 but I can’t find any opening figures for that film and it’d be a disingenuous comparison anyway due to their differing formats. The last Evan Goldberg/Seth Rogan was ‘The Night Before‘ last December which massively under-performed with a £272K opening in 11th place. So in comparison to ‘Sausage Party‘s No. 1 opening of £2.33M, this is a welcome return to form for the stoner creative team.

Next up we have ‘Brotherhood‘ from one-man film-industry Noel Clarke. The 3rd film in his “…hood” series, the opening of £1.97M easily stands above the franchises’ previous box-office efforts. In 2006 ‘Kidulthood‘ only opened on 40 screens to £99K, in 2008 ‘Adulthood‘ opened wider on 157 screens to £1.20M and finally we have ‘Brotherhood‘ on 220 screens with £1.97M and boasting easily the best per-theatre average of the weekend as well as the biggest opening of Noel Clarke’s career (‘The Anomoly‘ in 2014 doesn’t appear to have any box-office figures in the U.K. despite opening wide. I remember because I actually saw it in theatres).

But still, ‘Finding Dory‘ wasn’t exactly weeping at being in 3rd place as it’s takings of £1.49M allowed it to earn £38.9M making it the second biggest hit of 2016 so far behind Disney’s own ‘The Jungle Book‘ (still in certain theatres in its 21st week in 34th place earning £3K and earning a grand total of £50.02M and counting). There were minimal drops in the Top 10 overall from holdover releases with ‘Pete’s Dragon‘ managing to climb back up into the charts by only dropping 6.8% from last weekend and ‘The BFG‘ which actually saw a 7.4% increase. All other films only saw a decrease between 20% and 37% (the latter being the drop for ‘Suicide Squad‘).

And finally, Woody Allen was able to get one of his biggest openings in U.K. history with ‘Cafe Society‘ despite it only opening with £494K (remember; success is relative). Allen hasn’t had a good box-office streak since ‘Blue Jasmine‘ which managed £833K back in 2013 but after that we had ‘Magic in the Moonlight‘ in 2014 with £273K and ‘Irrational Man‘ last year with £197K. So it’s not a game-changer at all, but he can chalk this up as a win.

Takings were up 12% from last weekend and up a huge 50% from the same weekend last year which was actually the second worst weekend of 2015 when ‘Straight Outta Compton‘ held the No. 1 spot against lacklustre competition. Next weekend sees competition going against ‘Sausage Party‘ and ‘Brotherhood‘ in terms of quality, but maybe not in performance with ‘Kubo and the Two Strings‘, ‘Don’t Breathe‘ and ‘Hell or High Water‘ opening, as well as the questionable ‘Ben-Hur‘ remake. ‘Ben-Hur‘ might just edge out the competition, but not by a huge amount. Either way, there’s a lot of quality content playing this September but who will win the box-office gold?


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Posted: 6th Dec 16

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